Sunday, May 27, 2012

Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Inspired by my world-travelling friend, for her birthday I wanted to treat her to a breakfast that would give us the feeling of being on a deluxe getaway. Reminiscent of rooftop bars at luxury hotels in LA or Miami, this space located in an outdoor courtyard impressed. We loved the waterfall and river, the modern teak furniture with cabanas, as well as the cushy pillows and fluffy blankets. On our way through the lobby we also admired the unique 3D artwork, stunning chandelier, and vintage architectural details of the recently renovated Hotel Georgia.

At Reflections, the food is West coast with Spanish ingredients permeating the menu. We had the Spicy Chorizo Benedict with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise and Smoked Salmon Hash with Horseradish Cream. The food was refined and the playful presentations had impact – a chorus of “oohs” every time a dish was delivered. The portions were just right-sized enough that we could also enjoy dessert. The Rhubarb Basil Verrine was light and refreshing, but appearing on the menu in a most unassuming fashion, the Chef’s Special Macarons are not to be missed! They were crispy, chewy, and big flavours in 5 varieties – Maple, Lemon Poppyseed, Passionfruit, Raspberry, and Chocolate. We savoured each one.

It seems every time she and I get together our conversation eventually leads to a discussion of gratitude for the lives we live. Heartened by her gratitude practice, I want to say how grateful I am for being able to share this fun experience with my dear friend.

801 West Georgia Street
Brunch hours: Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Diner No 1 (Steveston)

My niece moved to Vancouver recently and I wanted to share with her a part of the city that she hadn’t seen yet. I thought Steveston would be fun as it’s adorable and there are great little shops and scenic spots to explore. Unbeknownst to me, my choice was significant as Steveston is the filming location for her “favourite” TV series, Once Upon a Time – and she was excited to see if the town was recognizable from the show.

While breakfast was just the excuse for us to get together, it still proved to be a good reason as we both fancied Diner No 1. It’s a cute spot with contemporary retro decor and a similar menu. My niece chose The Classic with a fruit cup instead of hash browns (note the $1.29 substitution fee), while I had The Lumberjack – an enormous, fluffy pancake packed with crisp pieces of bacon and topped with eggs. We left feeling stuffed and satisfied.

On our walkabout after breakfast, indeed we did discover remnants of Storybrooke, Maine. Fans of the show will be familiar with locales such as Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop, Granny’s Diner, and Storybrooke Country Bread.

12551 No 1 Road, Steveston
Breakfast hours:
Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Weekends: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


UPDATE (11/16/12): They have moved to a new location: 337 East Hastings and I’m not sure if they’re still serving their breakfast menu.
Today my friend who is temporarily living in the ’burbs was meeting me “in town”, so I thought I would meet her en route. I also thought she might appreciate what I anticipated would be the vibe of Perch. She described it as a “place for night owls”, which was semi-confirmed by the fact that we were the only ones in the place until just before noon. It’s a tiny space that’s eclectic, casual, arty, it just feels like a place where people would like to hang out at night, enjoy music and a bevvy or two. Ironically, given that it is located in a live/work studio building, they cannot be open past 11:00 p.m. Good thing I’m a breakfast owl.

Truly this place has a sense of humour – the menu focuses on vegan/vegetarian and pork. My friend went veggie and ordered a Cheddar, Olive, Spinach Omelette. I went pork and chose the Bacon ’n Cheddar Baked Eggs, consisting of layers of baked beans, bacon, eggs, and cheddar. Think amped up “beans on toast”. You might hear a nutritionist or doctor say this is not a “heart healthy” selection. I disagree. Any breakfast that fills my heart with love is healthy in my books.

1701 Powell Street
Breakfast hours: Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.